Skip to main content

Children's Book Series - part 2

Here is a list of books (non-series books) for children in grades K-2 that promote healthy child development. Of course there are hundreds of books that could be on the list, but these are some of my favorites & some new books that come highly recommended. I loved reading your comments yesterday - do you have favorite books to add to this list?

A dog on Barkhum Street
Alvin’s Secret Code
Carolyn Haywood books
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Danny Dunn
Dog breath
Follow my leader
George and Diggety by Maggie Stern
Great Brain Books
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Henry Reed
Homer price
Iris and Walter by Elissa Haden Guest
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Stephen kellogg
Tal, his wonderful adventures w/ noom-zor-noom
The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Magic Locket by Elizabeth Koda-Callan
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry
The Westing Game

Tomorrow's focus with be on books for grades 3-5, so you can start thinking early! :)


Scaredy Squirrel books (there are 3 on different topics) by Melanie Watt
Joanna Horwitz early readers are great--I loved the relationship between the siblings in one I read but can't remember the name :(
Meredith said…
Thanks! We love the Homer Price books.

I don't know about the reading level, but I would say that the content in The Westing Game is probably more appropriate for ages 10 and up, or about 4th grade.
max said…

I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
Ranked by Accelerated Reader

Max Elliot Anderson
Carol, Syd's niece said…
2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Danny and the Dinosaur, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. More information about Syd Hoff can be found at the new website, dedicated to honoring his rich and creative legacy.
Anonymous said…
I would move The Westing Game to grades 3-5 and The Magic Tree House books to K-2. Other fabulous G3-5 books are:
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Summerland by Michael Chabon (this may be slightly above 5th grade level)

Anna's favorite books for this year were:
The Grimm Sisters series by Michael Buckley
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfeld
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Little Ballerina

Can you tell we LOVE books?!
Rebecca said…
OOh! Thank you so much for posting this! I will have to check some of these out for summer reading :>)

So many of them I have never heard of before, which will be great for me to read along as well!

Popular posts from this blog

Children's Prayers During Meals

The Armistead family taught our children a lovely blessing to sing at the dinner table. It is sung to the tune of the children's classic song, Are You Sleeping?

God our Father
God our Father
Once Again
Once Again
We bow our heads to thank you
Bow our heads to thank you

We love this blessing, and we've recently adapted it to involve younger children and guests. Instead of everyone singing each phrase twice, we sing it as an 'echo prayer'. One child leads the song, starting with the first phrase, "God our Father". The rest of the table echoes. Then the leader leads the second phrase , "once again", before waiting for the table to echo. And so forth, until the whole blessing is sung.

It's an easy way to remind our children (and ourselves) to give thanks to our Provider and Sustainer throughout the day.

Goody Bags for Marriage Retreat - please share your ideas!

Reader Question:
I am in charge of creating 74 goody bags for an upcoming marriage retreat for my church, and I am in desperate need for some frugal, creative ideas on what I could put in these bags. In the past I know people have put little candy bars, a bag of microwave popcorn, a couple of packs of hot chocolate, tea bags etc so I was looking for ideas that might be something similar, but maybe a little different too. Would you have any fun thoughts on this?

A Few Ideas:
Visit - Meredith does a fantastic time being incredibly hospitable on a budget.Our women's retreat coordinators wrapped the following things in a cellophanebag: a mininotebook, a pen, a candle, peppermints, chocolate kisses,and a colored paper quote/scripture. A friend just suggested packing candies that correspond to questions: an almond joy - share a joyful moment in your marriage, a hershey kiss - something about your first kiss, snickers - laughs, lifesavers - when your…

26 Ideas For Lego Storage Containers

My two boys LOVE legos, so they naturally end up scattering lego creations and random lego pieces throughout the house.  Last weekend, we converted their closet to be a LEGO WORLD.  Now they can store lego (and knex) pieces in their lego world, they have instructions for all of their kits in a ziplock bag, and they have a place to display their favorite ships.  And I have a mostly lego-free kitchen and living room!!

I just stumbled upon a great article with ideas for storing legos, if you have similar struggles in your house!  Check this out:  26 Ideas For Lego Storage Containers